Early days in Allegany County, Maryland, are recalled through a mixture of colorful tales, factual data, and individual biographies in this 144-page booklet, compiled from excerpts from J. Thomas Scharf's History of Western Maryland, originally published in 1882 by Louis H. Everts of Philadelphia, and Maryland, a Guide to the Old Line State, a 1940 WPA publication. The booklet is printed on 8 1/2" x 11" 60# opaque paper. The three-color front cover is an 80# card stock, protected with a vinyl sheet. A separate booklet concerning the "History of the Districts of Allegany County," is also available, as is a booklet on the Civil War in this area called "The Civil War in Western Maryland." Among the subjects included in the History of Allegany County booklet are: Topography; Allegany Coal Fields (including a description by William Cullen Bryant); Derivation of Names of Mountains and Streams; A detailed account of the United States National Road, Railroads and other transportation venues; Early settlers (with many names); Education (teachers named); Organization of the county; Early court proceedings; Early deeds recorded (with names); Early marriage licenses granted (many names); Early officials --from members of congress to school board trustees to vigilance committees --(many names); attorneys admitted to the Bar of Allegany County (more names), County Buildings, the City of Cumberland (names of mayors, fire companies, etc.); the fire of 1833 which destroyed much of Cumberland; military organizations (names of Union and Confederate soldiers); A chronicle of county events; Early reminiscences; Physicians, Allegany Medical Society; Newspapers; Churches; Graveyard inscriptions (lots of names), fraternal organizations (officers' names), Railroads and Industries, Hotels and Taverns, a small map of Cumberland with points of interest, etc. Attention Genealogists: This booklet is filled with names. In addition, there are individual biographies of notable county residents. These vary greatly in length. Among these bios are: William Robinson, John Rhind, William Walsh, John Van Lear McMahon, Thomas Jefferson McKaig, B.M.F. Hurley, William Wallace McKaig, Josiah H. Gordon, Thomas Perry, H.G. Worthington, James M. Schley, William Brace, Dr. John Reid, Dr. C.H. Orr, Dr. D.P. Welfley, Dr. Oscar Melvin Schindel, Dr. Charles H. Brace, Lloyd Lowndes, J. Philip Roman, Thomas J. Smith, James Reeside, Daniel Blocher, John McHenry, Dr. James Fitzpatrick, Meshach Browning (famous hunter), George Henderson, Gen. Charles M. Thruston, James Espy, Kennedy H. Butler, Henry Clay McAllister, Frederick Dent, John Blair Hoge Campbell, Samuel Charles, Jonathan Magruder and Daniel F. Miller. Illustrations include: a plan and a sketch of Fort Cumberland, Queen City Hotel, city hall, and a few individuals.